Fred A. Bernstein


Fred Bernstein has degrees in architecture (from Princeton University) and law (from NYU) and writes about both subjects. He lives in New York City and has two sons.

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At New York's Museum of Modern Art, Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream proposes five solutions to the disconnect between the housing Americans need and the housing America offers

Published in Architectural Record, February 13, 2012

36 Hours in Provincetown, Mass.

PARK yourself anywhere on Commercial Street, the bustling main artery of Provincetown, and you'll see celebrities, some real (John Waters, Norman Mailer), some fake (that wasn't Cher)

Published in The New York Times, August 11, 2006

It Takes a City to Help Open a Hotel

The Terranea Resort, a $480 million hotel, opened last month in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., after the city agreed to a tax rebate plan

Published in The New York Times, July 4, 2009

VOWS: Andrea Monfried and Mike Harshman

For this couple, it's all about love -- and architecture

Published in The New York Times, May 9, 2004

200 Square Feet and Room to Swivel

A Bulgarian immigrant finds that thrift and ingenuity go a long way in a tiny apartment

Published in The New York Times, February 2, 2011

2016 Venice Architecture Biennale Dispatch: Spotlight on Africa

Three of the most eloquent voices at the Venice Architecture Biennale addressed different aspects of the same question: Can architecture improve lives in Africa? 

Published in Architectural Record, June 2, 2016

36 Hours in Tallahassee

The Florida capital as a weekend destination

Published in The New York Times, May 13, 2005

40 Years on Montgomery Place

Returning to the block I grew up on

Published in The New York Times, September 22, 2002

A Battle Over Modernism Goes Casa a Casa in Santa Fe

Modernism arouses ire in the city's historic district

Published in The New York Times, July 13, 2006

A Bird’s-Eye View of Tomorrow

Toni Griffin lives in a former office building that was converted into 317 rental apartments — the first new luxury building in Newark in more than 40 years

Published in The New York Times, November 28, 2008

A Brief History of the Twin Piers: What Might Have Been

Published in FredBernstein.com, January 25, 2007

A Carbon Fiber House by Ali Tayar

Published in The Architect's Newspaper, May 2, 2015

A Cathedral to Science in Queens

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York AIA chapter), October 24, 2004

A Chicago Chop Shop Takes the Hayden's Guts

What happened to the planetarium's glamorous gizmo?

Published in The New Yorker, November 4, 2001

A Congress for the Many, or the Few?

By performing "constituent services," senators and representatives short-circuit the democratic process, weakening separation of powers, equal protection, and other constitutional safeguards

Published in The New York Times, September 9, 2012

A Country of Micro-cribs and Mega-mansions

America's housing disparity grows worse

Published in The Huffington Post, December 2, 2011

A Doll House in a Doll House

Barbra Streisand's "barn" in Malibu

Published in FredBernstein.com, November 13, 2012

A Facade Like No Other: Once Temporary, Now a Treasure

The badly damaged 1993 exterior of the Storefront for Art and Architecture in Lower Manhattan, by Steve Holl and Vito Acconci, will be restored

Published in The New York Times, June 19, 2008

A Fellowship of Fabulists

The zany artistic duo of Kahn & Selesnick spin fantastical worlds that captivate collectors and critics alike

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), November 2021

A Firehouse Becomes a Home for Art and Music

Living with century-old bricks and massive wooden trusses 

Published in The New York Times, September 9, 2007

A First Glimpse of Frank Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial

It took a lot of years to get it built. But Gehry stayed the course, compromised when necessary, and rose above his critics

 

Published Architect, August 20, 2020

A Five-Parador Tour Through Northern Spain

Paradors were once essential stops for visitors to the Spanish provinces. They're becoming that again.

Published in The New York Times, July 23, 2006

A Former Studio, Still Filled With Art

Latin American art fills one of the city's most dramatic living rooms

Published in The New York Times, December 31, 2006

A Gallerist Turned Developer

Built in 1915 and used as a machinery warehouse until last year, the Grand Machinery Exchange is being converted to 14 condos by gallery owner Max Protetch

Published in The New York Times, March 18, 2007

A Harbor Cruise, Under a Rainbow

Aboard the fireboat John J. Harvey

Published in The New York Times, July 26, 2002

A Home as Quirky as Life Itself

A family lives and works in an eccentric space that overlooks the lighting fixture stores that dominate a section of the Bowery

Published in The New York Times, May 18, 2008

A Home for Artists, and for Art

The avant garde, on Staten Island!

Published in The New York Times, November 27, 2005

A House for a Korean-American Family

Life in multi-culti Brooklyn

Published in The New York Times, August 13, 2007

A Loan That Keeps on Paying

The MFA Boston comes to the Las Vegas strip

Published in The New York Times, March 30, 2005

A Loft in Boston's Chinatown

Sam Davol, the cellist for the Magnetic Fields, and his wife, Leslie, move north

Published in The New York Times, November 22, 2007

A Long Time for a Little Grandeur

An addition to the Tilles Center soars

Published in The New York Times, January 5, 2005

A Makeover Too Far

The conspicuous consumption of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Published in Dwell, October 29, 2006

A Masterpiece, With Flaws

When Frank Lloyd Wright’s SC Johnson Research Tower in Racine, Wisconsin, opens for tours for the first time in 60 years, visitors will see firsthand its functional shortcomings along with its spectacular innovations. 

Published in Architectural Record, April 21, 2014

A Monument to Arriving in the Middle of Nowhere

A review of the Secaucus Transfer

Published in The New York Times, July 11, 2004

A Neglected Modernist Masterpiece

Pier Luigi Nervi's bus station at the George Washington Bridge deserves respect

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York AIA chapter), November 2, 2003

A New City Handbook Demystifies Zoning

A new 168-page supplement makes the city’s 1,500-page zoning resolution a little less daunting

Published in The New York Times, February 3, 2011

A New Opera House for Tenerife

Calatrava helps bring tourists to Santa Cruz

Published in Islands, February 5, 2003

A New Orleans Hotel Bounces Back

A review of the W New Orleans

Published in The New York Times, March 12, 2006

A NIGHT OUT WITH Richard Chamberlain -- and (for the first time) Martin Rabbett

The veteran actor comes to dinner with the man who has spent decades hiding in plain sight

Published in The New York Times, July 13, 2003

A Paparazzi-Proof Condo

The apartment every celebrity needs

Published in The New York Times, January 23, 2007

A Park Grows in Moscow

Diller Scofidio + Renfro leads an international team of designers, working in the shadow of the Kremlin

Published in Blueprint, October 13, 2017

A Planned Expansion of the New Museum

OMA's design seems to hit all its marks

Published in Architectural Digest, June 27, 2019

A Poor County, Rich in Modern Architecture

Visting the Rural Studio's buildings in Alabama is one of the world's great architecture pilgrimages

Published in The New York Times, December 25, 2005

A Proposal for the Next New York World's Fair

It will be great for the city's economy, its infrastructure, and its reputation

Published in Design Observer, November 13, 2011

A Redesign Brings a Congregation Closer Together

Philip Johnson's synagogue in Port Chester, New York, is now as practical as it is beautiful

Published in The New York Times, February 18, 2007

A Road Trip Back to the Future

Visiting Paul Rudolph's Buildings in New England

Published in The New York Times, March 25, 2007

A School by Edward Durell Stone

While fighting over his Columbus Circle building, preservationists overlooked another Stone structure just a few blocks away

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York AIA chapter), December 26, 2006

A Spare Stage for the Spectacle of Life

Carlos Brillembourg, an architect, and Karin Waisman, an artist, built a modern house in the Hamptons that is spacious, spare and stylish

Published in The New York Times, July 24, 2008

A Steakhouse with Rooms

Review of Browns Hotel, Miami Beach

Published in The New York Times, January 23, 2005

A studio that refuses to think small

Extraordinary ingenuity makes a tiny apartment seem spacious 

Published in The New York Times, March 30, 2006

A Tale of Two Stations

Why is a Washington, D.C., rail revamp moving forward while another in New York can’t seem to pull away from the platform? Image courtesy Amtrak A rendering for an improved West End Concourse extending from New York's Penn Station under the Farley Post Office. Riding Amtrak from Washington’s Union Station to New York’s Penn Station is a trip, architecturally speaking, from heaven to hell. So it came as a surprise this summer when Amtrak announced plans to transform one of those stations into “a world class transportation hub,” at an estimated cost of nearly $7 billion

Published in Architectural Record, September 12, 2012

A Village Home for a Man About Town

Sean Strub finally visited Milford, Pa., where he was smitten and found a Victorian in town for $360,000

Published in The New York Times, October 31, 2008

A Vision of a Park on a Restored Los Angeles River

The Friends of the Los Angeles River want to transform a 130-acre rail yard into a park that would serve as a flood detention plain for a river restored to its natural state

Published in The New York Times, September 28, 2010

After a Flood, Running a Homeless Museum

A university museum in Iowa, operating without a building, instead takes its collection on the road

Published in The New York Times, March 16, 2011

Aidlin Darling Designs for the Senses

As much sculptors of space and curators of experience as they are architects, the partners of San Francisco's Aidlin Darling Design create emotionally evocative residences that appeal to more than just the eye

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), November 30, 2015

Ali Tayar obituary

The super-talented architect and designer died too soon.

Published in Interior Design, February 24, 2016

Altering the Definition of Green Could Weaken Efforts to Mitigate the Climate Crisis

Making buildings resilient does not slow climate change. Usually, the opposite is true.

 

Published ARCHDAILY, January 10, 2021

Alumnae House at Vassar

A great base for exploring the Hudson Valley

Published in The New York Times, September 30, 2005

America Joins Architecture's Rem-formation

Published in Icon, October 20, 2004

American Architecture 1945-1970: From Post-War to Post-Modern

(all that in 2,500 words)

Published in A+U (Japan), November 6, 2017

An Airy Retreat from a Jam-Packed Store

At home with the Ricky of Ricky's

Published in The New York Times, October 18, 2007

An Arch Installation in Miami's Design District

For Daniel Toole, a major commission while still in architecture school

Published in Architectural Digest, January 8, 2018

An Architect and an Interior Designer at Home

David Penick, an architect, and Mary Delaney Penick, an interior designer, live in an elegant brick-and-limestone building in Greenwich Village

Published in The New York Times, December 26, 2008

An Artful Retreat from the Art Scene

Building a modernist house in the Hamptons

Published in The New York Times, October 12, 2007

An Elite Contest for a Growing U.N.

Pritzker Prize-winners compete.

Published in The New York Times, August 5, 2003

An Icon in Eclipse?

The Empire State Building risks being obscured by lesser towers

Published in The Huffington Post, November 28, 2014

An Island Where Millions Aren't Enough

The high price of Bermuda real estate

Published in The New York Times, September 10, 2006

An oasis in a toxic world

A haven for "multiple chemical sensitivity" sufferers is threatened

Published in The New York Times, July 9, 2005

An On-Screen Alternative to Hands-On Dissection

Dealing with the yuck factor

Published in The New York Times, October 4, 2005

An Online Peek at Your Politics

Do my neighbors need to know which candidates I support?

Published in The New York Times, October 4, 2000

Anda Andrei, Ian Schrager’s Design Guru, Is Making Her Own Mark

Anda Andrei has a slew of new hotel projects–and a chic New York City apartment. Take a tour here

 
Published in W Magazine, July 8, 2016

Apple versus Bloomberg

Only one of them can be "the greenest office building in the world"

Published in Architectural Digest, November 27, 2017

Appreciating Zaha Hadid

The late starchitect had a penchant — and a gift — for designing instantly iconic objects, from cars to sofas to bracelets

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), May 16, 2016

Arakawa obituary

Published in The New York Times, May 20, 2010

Arata Isozaki Obituary

A tribute to "the Emperor" of Japanese Architects

Published in Architectural Record, December 29, 2022

Architect Alison Killing Uses the Latest Technology to Pinpoint Forced Labor Camps in China

The architect was awarded a Pulitzer Prize last month for her investigative work

Published in Architectural Record, June 28, 2021

Architect Returns To a County He Helped Define

Edwad Larrabee Barnes Visits Westchester

Published in The New York Times, May 20, 2001

Architects Remember the 1964-65 World's Fair

One after another, architects who grew up in New York in the sixties recall how the fair inspired them

Published in Architectural Record, May 30, 2014

Architects' View: Nice Furniture, Not-So-Nice Buildings

Ikea's plans for Westchester draw ire

Published in The New York Times, January 21, 2001

Architecture Firm Succession Plans

Can Frank Gehry's firm outlive its founder? Norman Foster's? Zaha Hadid's?

Published in Architectural Record, December 28, 2014

Architecture Firm Websites: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Websites are a vital marketing tool. Unless you’re a superstar design firm, steer clear of archi-speak and tricky graphics. Users want a site that is clean and simple.

Published in Architectural Record, June 25, 2012

Architecture's Quiet Soul

A profile of artist and memorial designer MAYA LIN

Published in Blueprint, November 4, 2003

Are McMansions (Finally) Going Out of Style?

There's evidence that the size of new homes in America has peaked

Published in The New York Times, October 1, 2005

Art Above and Below, With Life in the Middle

At home with Ann Brashares and Jacob Collins

Published in The New York Times, January 4, 2007

Art Gensler obituary

Published in Architectural Record, May 11, 2021

ART/ARCHITECTURE: This Old Museum

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn., will open an $8-million building that artists can saw through, drill through, and generally mangle, just as they did at the museum's original home

Published in The New York Times, June 4, 2004

At the Ardsley, Art Deco the Way It Was

Scott Salvator has a lot of very funny things to say about a serious lobby restoration

Published in The New York Times, June 4, 2010

At the Somerset House, a Former Menswear Designer Offers Vintage Furniture with Wit and Edge

Alan Eckstein, cofounder of the label Timo Weiland, turns his gaze from fashionable clothing to timeless objects

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), April 22, 2022

Australian Pavilion

A dark and mysterious pavilion—the first new arrival in two decades—shakes up the Venice Biennale

Published in Architectural Record, July 16, 2015

‘Marfa Modern’ Looks at Minimalist Living in an Art World Mecca

If everything is bigger in Texas, Marfa is the exception. A new book examines the homes in this art-focused desert city, where less is best

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), November 21, 2016

Babyn Yar Synagogue by Manuel Herz Architects

A wood temple on a sacred site opens and closes like a book

Published in Architectural Record, November 9, 2021

Balkrishna Doshi obituary

Some called him India's greatest architect

Published in The New York Times, January 24, 2023

Ball Games

My life as a sissy

Published in The Advocate, June 15, 1994

Barbara Bestor Designs Houses That Hover

The California architect has found herself in high demand, thanks to her floating foundations and walls that open to the world

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), January 1, 2000

Barry Wine Moves Beyond the Kitchen

The owner and chef of the Quilted Giraffe in the 1970s and ’80s has a simple recipe for home design: Anything goes.

Published in The New York Times, June 5, 2008

Bates Masi + Architects and David Kleinberg Design Associates Create a Contemporary East Hampton Estate

Bates Masi + Architects and David Kleinberg Design Associates create a contemporary family estate to be passed down to future generations

Published in Interior Design, May 12, 2022

Behind the Gray Door: Williams, Secrecy, and the Federal Grand Jury

Published in NYU Law Review, January 1, 1994

Being Frank Gehry

Published at fredbernstein.com, September 2, 2015

Being of Sound Mind, and a $55 Consultation

Can a website write me a new will?

Published in The New York Times, December 14, 2000

Benjamin Gilmartin

Published in Architectural Digest, December 3, 2021

Betting the Ranch in South Florida

Syd Kitson's big deal

Published in The New York Times, July 29, 2006

Billy Doesn't Live Here Anymore

The incredible saga of the bakery founder's loft

Published in The New York Times, January 27, 2007

Bio Bio Regional Theater by Smiljan Radic

Smiljan Radic's beacon-like regional theater in Chile is a concrete structure wrapped as lightly as a tent

Published in Architectural Record, April 5, 2018

Bob Dylan's Mother

"He's a beautiful poet. But I don't think he was ever the greatest singer."

Published in The Jewish Mothers' Hall of Fame, November 23, 1990

Bridge Apartments

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York AIA chapter), September 29, 2004

Brooklyn Revivalist

Equal parts preservationist and renovationist, California-born Brooklyn-based architect Elizabeth Roberts has cultivated a collection of discriminating clients who come to her for sensitive and smart redesigns of historic residences in her home borough

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), August 10, 2015

Brooklyn's Architectural Moment

Modular housing has already obscured most of the east facade of Barclays Center, long before the building has reached its full height. Until five years ago, the stretch of Flatbush Avenue between the Manhattan Bridge and Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn was an architectural wasteland. The strip started coming to life with a small project (WXY’s skillful security booths for the MetroTech center), then with a very big one—the Toren, an SOM-designed condo tower with an unusual, dimpled-metal façade

Published in Architectural Record, June 20, 2014

Building on Sacred Ground

Toshiko Mori's architectural dialogues with the masters

Published in The New York Times, May 8, 2005

Buildings Once Institutional, Now Exclusive

The creation of a small number of high-end units from buildings that once housed multitudes may seem incongruous, but developers say the decision is driven by the market

Published in The New York Times, January 19, 2012

Burning Man's "town planner" has died, but his vision will live on

Rod Garrett, who laid out Burning Man, the annual festival of self-expression in Nevada, drew accolades for his approach

Published in The New York Times, August 28, 2011

Calatrava's New Saint Nicholas Church Opens at Ground Zero

A "national shrine" now hovers over the World Trade Center site

Published in Architectural Record, December 10, 2022

Campbell Sports Center

Game Changer: Columbia University's quirky but tough field house bridges the divide between its gritty surroundings and the athletic playing fields beyond

Published in Architectural Record, May 16, 2013

Charles Correa

David Adjaye and Moshe Safdie remember the Indian architect, who died at the age of 84

Published in Architectural Record, June 17, 2015

Charles Renfro Discusses DS+R’s New Live/Work Campus in China

The architect talks to Record about the firm’s first, and biggest project, still incomplete, for Dissona

Published in Architectural Record, July 27, 2021

Chris Downey

Published in Architectural Digest, December 3, 2021

Christopher Alexander obituary

Published in Architectural Record, March 23, 2022

City Folk

A review of the new American Folk Art Museum, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Published in World Architecture, February 22, 2002

City on the Strip

The new Las Vegas CityCenter was designed by a Rat pack of star architects. Can their high-modern megaproject move sin city’s design standards beyond the ersatz?

Published Architect, March 12, 2010

Claire T. Carney Library Renovation and Addition

Renewing a important campus by Paul Rudolph poses dangers and the chance to keep his work alive

Published in Architectural Record, February 15, 2013

Clerkship Politics

A dialogue with Judge Alex Kozinski, of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, about the clash between a liberal clerk (me) and a conservative judge (him).

Published in The Green Bag, October 21, 1998

Clinton's Legacy: Just a Little Library from Little Rock

The Clinton library rises on the Arkansas River

Published in The New York Times, June 10, 2004

Color 101: Hueless

Most modernists find color as attractive as traditional Tudors. Fred Bernstein, a resolute lover of neutrals, attempts to expand his horizon of hues

Published in Dwell, February 2, 2009

Columbia University’s Arts and Science Centers by Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Two buildings open on a new campus in upper Manhattan, with a promise to enhance the community

Published in Architectural Record, May 1, 2017

Commentary on Korach

Lessons on leadership from the Torah

Published in Synagogue, June 16, 2018

Commentary: No Man Is an Island

What if New York City treated Barry Diller's $120 million fantasy park as an experiment, but not a monument?

Published in Architectural Record, May 28, 2021

Comparing two storied Miami Beach hotels

The Standard and the Setai play to different strengths

Published in The New York Times, February 17, 2006

Concrete Makes a Comeback

Following the lead of Tadao Ando, architects raise pouring concrete to an art form

Published in Interior Design, November 7, 2014

Controlling Growth by Controlling Water

In Bolinas, a water meter sells for $310,000

Published in The New York Times, October 9, 2005

Controversial Design Unveiled for a New Supertall by SOM in New York

The 1,653-foot-high building will be part of a new Manhattan skyline that not everyone is happy about

Published in Architectural Record, February 8, 2021

Cooper Hewitt Goes from Dowdy to Digital

By running their fingers across new “super-high-definition smart tables," visitors make shapes that are then displayed as hats, lamps, tables, vases, chairs, or buildings

Published in Architectural Record, December 22, 2014

Corruption Inquiries Curb Miami Projects

Two architecturally ambitious developments have stalled following accusations of municipal malfeasance. Photo via Wikipedia Following a corruption investigation, bidding has stalled on a $1-billion project to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center site. Architects, no matter how successful, are dependent on clients; even the indomitable Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas can see their best efforts dashed when clients get in trouble. That’s the situation in Florida, where the two starchitects were in the running to design a billion-dollar development on the site of the Miami Beach Convention Center

Published in Architectural Record, September 27, 2012

D'var Torah on Behar

Let's give the land a rest

Published in Speeches / talks, May 13, 2014

D'var Torah on Mikeitz

How good it is for brothers to sit peacefully together

Published in Speeches / talks, December 15, 2012

Daddy, Why Are You So Old?

How I became a middle aged father.

Published in The Advocate, May 28, 2002

Dan Rowen obituary

Published in The New York Times, November 23, 2009

Danger Signs

Vornado's billboard boondoggle at 34th and 7th

Published in Metropolis, December 24, 2004

Daniel Rowen, an Architect Who Favored Modernism, Dies at 56

Mr. Rowen was a highly regarded architect whose modernist designs attracted a number of promient clients

Published in The New York Times, November 23, 2009

Daring Design in a Laid-Back City

Thanks to Rem Koolhaas, Porto, Portugal will never be the same

Published in The New York Times, June 19, 2005

David Marks obituary

Published in Architectural Digest, October 10, 2017

Design Diplomacy: U.S. Rejoins World's Fairs

With a little help from its sponsors . . .

Published in The New York Times, November 5, 2004

Design Doyenne

At 27, she commissioned the Seagram Building. Now, a half-century later, Phyllis Lambert deconstructs its legacy in a new book

 
Published in W Magazine, May 1, 2013

Developers’ Effort to Warm a Lobby Leaves Some Cold

The developers of a condo in Chelsea designed by Jean Nouvel are altering the building’s lobby after real estate agents attributed slow sales to the lobby’s design

Published in The New York Times, October 26, 2010

Diane Keaton Pinned Thousands of Images to Create Her Dream Home

The Academy Award–winning actress and design maven tells us how she turned to the image-collecting site for inspiration in planning her new house

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), October 29, 2017

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's feature-filled Zaryadye Park opens in Moscow

Architecturally ambitous, it's also a model of international cooperation

Published in Architectural Record, September 12, 2017

Dilller Scofidio + Renfro's "continuous surface building" for Columbia Medical School

Their new building for Columbia Medical School caps decades of experimentation

Published in Blueprint, November 9, 2016

Do Ask, Do Tell

David Mixner moves to Livingston Manor, New York

Published in The New York Times, July 17, 2007

Doing It All (And Raking It In)

Architect Jonathan Segal prospers by serving as his own client, general contractor, and property manager

Published Architect, September 4, 2007

Don't Call it the Poconos

Northeastern Pennsylvania Gets Chic

Published in The New York Times, December 22, 2006

Don't Dodge the Drafts

My philosophy of writing -- and rewriting.

Published in California Lawyer, October 21, 2003

Double Time

The last time Blake Trabulsi and Allison Orr had a party at their house in Austin, Texas, it lasted until 5 a.m. Observes Trabulsi: “People are so comfortable here, they never want to leave.”

Published in Dwell, January 15, 2009

Drawing Closer to an Old Friend

Thoughts on the importance of the Empire State Building after September 11

Published in The New York Times, October 11, 2001

Dubai’s World Expo, Lavish but Late

Still labeled Dubai 2020, the World Expo will open on October 1, complete with a centerpiece dome by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill

Published in Architectural Record, September 24, 2011

Dust-Up In the Desert

Trouble at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

Published in The New York Times, January 31, 2002

Dylan Farrell Crafts Bold, Dynamic Spaces in Australia and Beyond

The American designer has built his reputation on helping clients express their personalities through their homes

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), April 3, 2022

eBay and Taliesin

The fight for photos of a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece

Published in The New York Times, February 14, 2004

Ed Feiner obituary

Published in Architectural Record, June 5, 2022

Eero Saarinen's Better Half?

A new book gives Mrs. Saarinen too much credit, and its author, Eva Hagberg, too much space

Published in The Architect's Newspaper, September 12, 2022

El Tovar

A grand lodge near the Grand Canyon

Published in The New York Times, August 7, 2005

Empty Nest Syndrome

For children of minimalists, only more is more

Published in T Magazine (The New York Times), November 7, 2009

Entertaining Mr. X

A look at Douglas Coupland and his novel Miss Wyoming

Published in The Independent on Sunday (London), February 14, 2003

Ever the Visionary, Lebbeus Woods Gets Real

A pavilion designed by Woods with Christoph A. Kumpusch is under construction in Chengdu, China. “I was never in love with drawing,” Woods says “I drew because I wanted to express ideas.”

Published in Architectural Record, March 26, 2012

Exclusive Interview with Billionaire Charlie Munger on Controversial UCSB Dorm

The man behind the mega-dorm at the University of California, Santa Barbara, responds to criticism that it will create an unhealthy environment for students in rooms without windows

Published in Architectural Record, November 1, 2021

Exhibition Review: 110 Years of Mexican Architecture

It’s hard to imagine a country with more varied architecture than Mexico, and a show at the Palacio de Iturbide is devoted to the last century of that diversity. Mario Pani and Luis Ramos Cunningham. Nonoalco Tlatelolco Housing Complex, 1964. Mexico City. One of the challenges facing the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), as it gathers material for its planned 2015 show of Latin American architecture from 1954 to 1980, is that Mexico alone warrants as much space as MoMA is likely to allot to the entire region

Published in Architectural Record, January 29, 2014

Exhibition Review: New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America

Thierry Jeannot's Green Transmutation Chandelier (2010) made from reclaimed materials, green dye, aluminum, and light bulbs. Don’t envy Lowery Stokes Sims, the curator of the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan, her many recent trips to Latin America. As the force behind New Territories, the museum’s survey of recent design in 14 countries (through April 6), Sims maintained a punishing schedule of studio visits; her itineraries and notes are viewable on iPads in the museum’s ingenious “Curator Lab.” Sims discovered many more worthwhile items, most of them by young designers, than the museum had room for. Her other challenge

Published in Architectural Record, December 22, 2014

Exhibition Review: Toward an Architectural Archive at Japan's National Archives of Modern Architecture

The exhibition materials are displayed in a series of curved vitrines that form a circle within the main room of the Archives building. Japan is one of the many countries—both Eastern and Western—that hasn’t been sufficiently respectful of its modernist architectural heritage. Still, preservationists in most countries would envy Japan its National Archives of Modern Architecture, conceived by the late architectural historian Hiroyuki Suzuki and created by the government in 2012. The Archives benefits from public funding, its own building (within the Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Garden in Tokyo’s Yushima neighborhood), and, if that weren’t enough, Tadao Ando as its honorary director

Published in Architectural Record, August 18, 2014

Experimental Children’s Architectural Studio in Moscow

Two teachers have been bringing out the inner architects in Moscow children since the Soviet era

Published in Architectural Record, May 1, 2016

Expo 2015 Milan

Open since May 1, this tightly packed world's fair of architectural hits and misses runs through October 31. UK Pavilion by Tristan Simmonds in collaboration with BDP and Stage One. The first world exposition, held in London in 1851, occupied Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace. But during the last century, expos (also called world's fairs) evolved into collections of national pavilions that competed for attention with novel and grandiose building designs. The Shanghai Expo in 2010 kicked off the “Asian century” with a show of architectural pyrotechnics that reportedly attracted 73 million visitors

Published in Architectural Record, June 16, 2015

Extension of the Swiss National Museum

The longtime home of the Swiss National Museum, or Landesmuseum, in Zurich, is a stolid 19th-century pile

Published in Architectural Record, November 1, 2016

Family Ties

A topflight Manhattan designer expanded her father's house on Long Island and brought it forward from the 1970s.

Published in Metropolitan Home, December 4, 2005

Farnsworth House Could Soon Get a Lift

Plans to protect Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House by placing it on a hydraulic lift to be deployed in case of flooding are proceeding at a rate that has surprised even the plans’ supporters

Published in Architectural Record, May 16, 2014

Film Review: La Sapienza

“La Sapienza" is a rarity: a fictional film about real architecture

Published in Architectural Record, March 13, 2015

First Look: Governors Island

The Rotterdam-based firm West 8 has transformed 30 acres on Governors Island into parkland. Buildings have been leveled and parking spaces have been eliminated on the 172-acre island, leaving plenty of open space. When superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc around New York Harbor, Governors Island was largely spared, in large part because construction of a new park had involved both adding elevation and installing proper drainage. “I’m glad my landscape architect is Dutch,” says Leslie Koch, president of the Trust for Governors Island, referring to Adriaan Geuze, the principal of Rotterdam-based West 8

Published in Architectural Record, May 22, 2014

First Look: Herzog & de Meuron's Parrish Art Museum

Early this afternoon, during a preview of his firm’s new building for the Perez Art Museum Miami, Jacques Herzog sat in a window seat in a second floor gallery and discussed what the building lacked. “It doesn’t really have a form,” he said, looking out at Biscayne Bay past rows of thin concrete columns supporting a trellis overhead. “It’s more about its permeability. There is so much form in Miami. We wanted to do something that shows the potential in this city to let in sun and vegetation.”

Published in Architectural Record, December 3, 2013

First Look: Moshe Safdie's Crystal Bridges Museum

Weeks before its grand opening, Safdie gives a behind-the-scenes tour of Alice Walton’s museum of American art

Published in Architectural Record, October 17, 2011

First Look: Rick Joy's Princeton Train Station

Joy's 1,000-square-foot station is part of the redevelopment of the southwest corner of the Princeton University campus

Published in Architectural Record, February 11, 2015

First Look: SANAA's Louvre Lens

The new branch of the Louvre couldn't be more different from the museum's iconic Paris home

Published in Architectural Record, November 28, 2012

Florence Knoll Bassett, 1917-2019

The architect and furniture designer, who reinvented the modern office, passed away at the age of 101 last week

Published in Architectural Record, January 28, 2019

For an Artist, a Glass Box by Mies

And it's in Newark!

Published in The New York Times, June 16, 2006

For Shortbus Star Jay Brannan, a Small Apartment

A modest income qualified this actor for affordable, convenient housing.

Published in The New York Times, October 7, 2006

For Taxes, the Web's the Limit

Technology could let the tax code get even more complicated.

Published in The Wall Street Journal, November 4, 1999

For the New Barnes, Everything Old Is Old Again

Moving fabled galleries to a new building, while changing almost nothing

Published in The New York Times, March 14, 2012

Forget the Hype. Is Harvard's HouseZero Sustainable?

A very expensive experiment in creating an energy-efficient dwelling overlooks the impact of embodied energy

Published in Architectural Record, July 1, 2021

François Catroux Reflects on a Career of Elite Interiors

Having created rarefied spaces for decades, the legendary French designer has finally agreed to document his impressive body of work in a new book

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), October 10, 2016

Frank Gehry Turns a Former Bank Building Into a Home for the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles

The project marks the nonagenarian architect's latest pro bono gig 

Published in Architectural Digest, August 11, 2021

Frank Lloyd Wright on Staten Island

The Cretellas renovate

Published in The New York Times, December 18, 2005

Frank Lloyd Wright Stays Busy in Buffalo

45 years after his death, three buildings by Wright are in the works

Published in The New York Times, September 6, 2004

Franoise Bollack at the Center

Published in Genre, January 17, 2002

Frederic Schwartz obituary

Published in Architectural Record, April 29, 2004

Free Homes for Disabled Vets -- But Where's the Land?

To rebuild their lives, they need barrier-free houses

Published in The New York Times, December 4, 2005

From Bubble-Gum to Beige

Bringing in an architect to reconcile her taste for bling and his taste for Bauhaus

Published in The New York Times, January 27, 2008

From Modest to Modernist

Jennifer Luce's triumph in La Jolla

Published in The New York Times, August 23, 2007

From the Torch to the Toes, Digital Insurance

How the Statue of Liberty could be recreated, after a disaster

Published in The New York Times, September 11, 2003

Gene Simmons's Mother

The Holocaust survivor who birthed a rock star

Published in The Jewish Mothers' Hall of Fame, November 23, 1990

Gene Summers obituary

Published in The New York Times, December 20, 2011

Get Ready for the High Line

How Robert Hammond and Joshua David Saved the Elevated Railway

Published in Surface, December 25, 2004

Getting In at the Underground Floor

Lillian Schloss bought Chinese antiquities early

Published in The New York Times, February 25, 2007

Getting the Glass House Ready for Its Close-Up

Marty Skrelunas polishes Philip Johnson's masterpiece

Published in The New York Times, August 13, 2006

Glass House, Great Performance

Merce Cunningham animates Philip Johnson's estate

Published in Interior Design, August 25, 2007

Glazing Over Manhattan

Too many glass buildings, and the city becomes just another banal office park

Published in Architectural Record, May 9, 2013

Global Summit

An East-West collaboration upstate from Manhattan sheds light on a houseful of Chinese art

Published in T Magazine (The New York Times), November 7, 2008

Good Things in Small Packages

West Village resident Marianne Cusato designs Katrina Cottages

Published in The New York Times, November 5, 2006

Goodbye, Prentice

It's still early in 2014, but already several important modernist buildings have fallen​​, inclduing Bertrand Goldberg's cloverleaf-shaped Prentice Women's Hospital

Published in Architectural Record, April 24, 2014

Gordon Matta-Clark's Indelible Influence on Architecture

His subtractive approach has countless applications

Published in Architectural Digest, November 25, 2017

Grace Farms, by SANAA

A Gossamer Serpent in New Canaan

Published in Blueprint, June 20, 2018

Granny Flats for Cool Grannies

In Santa Cruz, accessory dwelling units are encouraged

Published in The New York Times, February 8, 2005

Greece's Colossal New Guilt Trip

Bernard Tschumi's New Acropolis Museum was designed to settle a score

Published in The New York Times, January 18, 2004

Greetings from Resisterville

A town where Vietnam draft avoiders have made a difference

Published in The New York Times, November 20, 2004

Gyo Obata obituary

Published in Architectural Record, March 11, 2022

Harry Bates obituary

Published in The New York Times, November 2, 2022

Harvey Fierstein's mother

"Is Harvey gay? I don't know. I don't sleep with him."

Published in The Jewish Mothers' Hall of Fame, November 21, 1990

Haute Humble

Decades into a renowned career, the Seattle architect Tom Kundig continues using humble materials to create pared-down forms that exist in harmony with their often-spectacular settings

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), March 30, 2015

Healing Buildings in the Catskills

The Twelve Tribes in Oak Hill and Coxsackie

Published in The New York Times, July 24, 2005

Heating/Cooling Unit as ‘Elephant’ in the Room

A PTAC — package terminal air-conditioner — can be an ugly intrusion, and a great convenience

Published in The New York Times, January 14, 2011

Helmut Jahn obituary

Published in Architectural Record, May 10, 2021

High Hopes and Worthless Land

My father's bad investment

Published in The New York Times, November 6, 2005

History for Sale

While battles over the fate of public buildings make headlines, the architecture world also faces a far less visible challenge: preserving private homes when families who have protected them—sometimes for four decades or more—decide to sell

Published in Architectural Record, April 30, 2013

Homeowners Aren't Smlling for These Cameras

Cities assess properties remotely

Published in The New York Times, August 20, 2006

Horace Gifford's Modernist Legacy

The great Fire Island architect gets the recognition he deserves

Published in Wallpaper*, July 2013

Hotel on Rivington

A review of the long-awaited Lower East Side hotel

Published in The New York Times, June 12, 2005

Hotel Review: Hotel Veritas, in Cambridge, Mass.

If Harvard had a hotel school, its summa cum laude graduates would want to work at Veritas

Published in The New York Times, July 29, 2010

Hotel Review: Trump SoHo in New York City

The views are exceptional, but the entire building creaks -- loudly -- when it's windy

Published in The New York Times, May 27, 2010

Housing Plan Turns Disney Grumpy

Affordable housing, near the happiest place on earth

Published in The New York Times, May 18, 2007

How Diller Scofidio + Renfro Have Reshaped Manhattan's Contemporary Cultural Landscape

And What's Next for These Hometown Heroes?

Published in Architectural Digest, December 10, 2019

How Giant Architecture Firms Encourage Design Excellence

Internal competition is one of several successul methods

Published in Interior Design, January 29, 2014

How Green Are Apple's Carbon-Sequestering Trees, Really?

Not as green as we might hope -- or as Apple might suggest

Published in The Architect's Newspaper, September 2007

How Green Is My Office?

Saving the environment begins at work

Published Architect, October 20, 2008

How Green Is My Renovation?

A roundtable of experts on making existing houses greener

Published in Metropolitan Home, April 7, 2008

How much design do public spaces need?

Published in Architectural Record, August 14, 2003

How Noguchi Elevated Ashtrays to Objets d’Art

Smoking might have fallen out of fashion, but these ashtrays have enduring design appeal

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), March 8, 2020

How Patrik Schumacher Will Keep Zaha Hadid’s Name On Top

The right hand of the late starchitect, who has an iconoclastic streak all his own, now faces the daunting task of leading the firm she built

 
Published in W Magazine, November 3, 2016

How the Translucent Stone Façade Was Created on the Perelman Performing Arts Center

Architect Joshua Ramus discusses the recently-completed exterior of the theater in Lower Manhattan that opens in 2023

Published in Architectural Record, January 20, 2022

Hugh Hardy, 1931-2017, Architect of Theaters and Theatrical Spaces

Architect Hugh Hardy died last week at 84

Published in Architectural Record, March 20, 2017

Hugh Newell Jacobson obituary

Published in Architectural Record, March 12, 2021

I. M. Pei's Protégé Perry Chin Makes His Own Mark on the National Gallery's East Building

A confidant of I. M. Pei, Perry Chin was asked to consult on plans to give Pei’s East Building of the National Gallery in Washington new heating, cooling, security, and fire safety systems

Published in Architectural Record, May 22, 2013

Ice Hotel Quebec-Canada

A review of the cold accommodations

Published in The New York Times, December 17, 2006

If I can make it there . . .

The importance of New York to architects' careers

Published in Interior Design, October 5, 2016

Immigrant Architect: Amale Andraos (Lebanon)

Published in Architectural Digest, February 1, 2018

Immigrant Architect: Anda Andrei (Romania)

Published in Architectural Digest, April 10, 2018

Immigrant Architect: Denise Scott Brown (South Africa)

Published in Architectural Digest, January 12, 2018

Immigrant Architect: Elizabeth Diller (Poland)

Published in Architectural Digest, February 16, 2018

Immigrant Architect: I.M. Pei (China)

Published in Architectural Digest, January 15, 2018

Immigrant Architect: Kevin Roche (Ireland)

Published in Architectural Digest, March 22, 2018

Immigrant Architect: Kulapat Yantrasast (Thailand)

Published in Architectural Digest, January 25, 2018

Immigrant Architect: Matthias Hollwich (Germany)

Published in Architectural Digest, March 16, 2018

Immigrant Architect: Sandro Marpillero (Italy)

Published in Architectural Digest, March 9, 2018

Immigrant Architect: Toshiko Mori (Japan)

Published in Architectural Digest, March 18, 2018

Immigrant Architect: Vishaan Chakrabarti (India)

Published in Architectural Digest, May 7, 2018

In Costa Rica, Built for Books and Breezes

A son designs a Costa Rica retreat for a literary dad

Published in The New York Times, October 4, 2007

In Marfa, a New Interior With an Old Soul

Why Barbara Hill is one of my favorite designers, ever

Published in The New York Times, October 12, 2006

In Michigan, A Green Museum

Kulapat Yantrasast's Grand Rapids Art Museum has a light footprint

Published in The New York Times, March 29, 2007

In My Backyard, Please!

Infrastrucutre gets a new look

Published in The New York Times, February 27, 2005

In Princeton, Architects Get Lucky

Ron Witte and Sarah Whiting live in a modest, modernist masterpiece.

Published in The New York Times, February 26, 2006

In Provincetown, an Unlikely Gay Marriage

Rosie O'Donnell puts her stamp on Family Week

Published in The New York Times, July 23, 2007

In Zurich, a Building That Dances

Architect Manuel Herz taps into a long history of kinetic architecture

Published in T Magazine (The New York Times), August 14, 2018

Innovative Housing Portfolio

Projects from around the country reflect an array of inventive affordable approaches

Published in Architectural Record, September 1, 2021

Inside a Brooklyn Home and Shop Where Mid-Century Magic Reigns

MDFG cofounders Jeffrey Graetsch and Ashley Booth Klein, who also happen to be a married couple, have filled their apartment and their gallery with works by mid-century design icons

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), October 7, 2018

Inside Tadao Ando’s Latest Art Space in Chicago

Wrightwood 659’s ambitious program includes a reinstallation of the U.S. exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Published in Galerie Magazine , December 21, 2018

Introduction to Unatanneh Tokef

What does it mean to be "inscribed in the book of life?" My interpretation.

Published in Speeches / talks, October 4, 2016

Irish Pride Meets Gay Pride

The gay backstory of New York's Irish Hunger Memorial

Published in The Advocate, October 6, 2002

Is That Your Final Answer?

My life as a juror.

Published in California Lawyer, May 1, 2000

Isay Weinfeld Is the Opposite of a Starchitect

Brazil’s leading design talent executes Bauhaus minimalism with near-magical moments of drama in a string of understated hotels and homes

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), April 25, 2016

It's the Architecture, Not The Architect, I'm Rooting For

Give Calatrava a chance!

Published in Architectural Record, December 10, 2013

James Polshek obituary

Published in Architectural Record, September 12, 2022

Jaquelin Robertson, 1933-2020

The architect and urban designer died at the age of 88 at his home in East Hampton, New York

Published in Architectural Record, May 11, 2020

Jeffrey Mansfield

Published in Architectural Digest, December 3, 2021

Joel Sanders

Published in Architectural Digest, December 3, 2021

Johannesburg Exhibition Takes on the Challenges of Informal Settlements

The exhibition "Informal Studio: Marlboro South" at Johannesburg's Goethe-Institut explores the need for legal housing for armies of squatters

Published in Architectural Record, March 21, 2013

John Belle obituary

John Belle, who died this week at 84, helped restore several of New York City’s most important buildings, including Grand Central Terminal and the soaring Enid Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden

Published in Architectural Record, September 14, 2016

John Johansen obituary

Published in The New York Times, October 26, 2012

Jon A. Jerde, 1940-2015

Jon Jerde often said “the communal experience is a designable event,” and he proved it over and over during a 50-year-career. The architect, who died this week at 75, created ersatz downtowns, really elaborate malls with vast garages. His most famous project was Universal CityWalk, a hilltop shopping-and-entertainment center in Los Angeles, completed in 1993. Herbert Muschamp, the longtime architecture critic of The New York Times, admired CityWalk’s showbiz vitality. Jerde, he famously wrote, was more likely to be nominated for an Oscar than a Pritzker

Published in Architectural Record, February 11, 2015

Jon Jerde (1940–2015)

Published in Artforum, March 18, 2015

Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center by nARCHITECTS

A new beachside building on Long Island embraces environmental stewardship

Published in Architectural Record, March 1, 2022

Joseph Giovannini's Deconstructivist Apartments

In several apartments in Los Angeles, the architecture critic has created murals that fool the eye into connecting distinct surfaces

Published in The New York Times, January 12, 2011

Kali Is an Art World Sensation, 40 Years after She Hid Her Work Away

 
Published in Introspective (1stdibs), January 1, 2000

Karen Braitmayer

Published in Architectural Digest, December 3, 2021

Kevin Lippert obituary

Published in Architectural Record, April 1, 2022

Kristen Richards obituary

Published in Architectural Record, July 2, 2021

Kulapat Yantrasast isn't opposed to ornament -- as long as it's someone else's

Not every gallery he designs is a plain white box

Published in Artforum, July 2014

Larger Units for a Richard Meier Condo

The developers of On Prospect Park, a Richard Meier building, have reworked the interiors to include more family-sized apartments

Published in The New York Times, May 28, 2010

Lawsuit Suggests New Liability for Architects

Architects have something new to worry about

Published in Architectural Record, August 20, 2014

Le Corbusier and New York City: A Love-Hate Relationship

The relationship between Le Corbusier and New York City involved love and hatred, passion and resentment, and ultimately a quest by the architect for “revenge, recognition, and money, money, money,” according to Jean-Louis Cohen

Published in Architectural Record, June 12, 2013

Legacies Passed from Father to Son

Gustavo Bonevardi in the West Village

Published in The New York Times, December 3, 2006

Leslie Robertson obituary

Published in The New York Times, February 11, 2021

Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture 1925-1970

When Less is More Earth-friendly

Published in Architectural Record, May 16, 2014

Lessons from the Playa

Burning Man is many things -- including a model of smart city planning.

 

Published Architect, January 17, 2009

Lessons Learned at the Academy for Anything

Cass Calder Smith comes to New York

Published in The New York Times, May 18, 2007

Let's make New York un-gateful

A proposal for improving New York's streets.

Published in The New York Daily News, November 4, 2003

Letter from London: Peter Wynne Rees's Skyscraper Legacy

When Peter Wynne Rees became the chief planner of the City of London in 1985, the famous “square mile” had only one hotel. Now two of the City’s most important Edwardian buildings are becoming luxury hotels.

Published in Architectural Record, June 22, 2013

Letting Kahn Be Kahn

Restoring the Yale University Art Gallery

Published in The New York Times, December 10, 2006

Letting the Architecture Speak for Itself

Keeping design interventions subtle

Published in The New York Times, April 24, 2007

Letting the High Line Be the High Line

The gentle architecture of Phase Three

Published in Architectural Record, September 10, 2014

Lifting a High Ranch to New Heights

A relatively small project turns into a major renovation

Published in The New York Times, November 4, 2007

Light Box

For Tad Beck, making a home out of a stolid, windowless warehouse meant opening it up from the inside out

Published in Dwell, January 15, 2009

Litchfield Looks Back at Its Past, And Its Architecture of the Future

Article on In Our Own Time: Modern Architecture in Litchfield, 1949-1970, show at Litchfield History Museum in Connecticut featuring more than dozen early modernist houses designed by Marcel Breuer, Richard Neutra, Edward Durrell Stone and others

Published in The New York Times, June 29, 2003

Madeline Gins (1941–2014)

When her partner, Arakawa, predeceased her, she declared dying "immoral"

Published in Artforum, March 2014

Madeline Stuart’s Homes Have a ‘Heartbeat’

The Southern California interior designer has won the trust of her high-flying clients — Hollywood movers and shakers among them — by creating soulful spaces whose mix of materials, styles, eras and furnishings gives homes meaning and make them feel lively

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), June 26, 2017

Making a Neighborhood Safe for Kids

A brilliant way to privilege underprivileged children

Published in The New York Times, September 17, 2006

Making it work

Joshua Prince-Ramus discusses the challenges and opportunities of working abroad

 

Published in Architectural Record, November 15, 2010

Mama's Meatballs

Published in The New York Blade, October 10, 2003

Marc Newson

The high-flying designer lands in Miami

Published in Design Miami, December 1, 2006

Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi

Published in Architectural Digest, December 3, 2021

Married or Not, It's a Full House

The lives of Steven Lofton, Roger Croteau, and their foster children

Published in The New York Times, November 19, 2003

MASS Design Group's Lynching Memorial is Powerful and Tragic

The saddest of American crimes evokes the best in American architetcture

Published in Architectural Digest, April 22, 2018

Mass Market and Couture

Young designers mix it up in Greenpoint

Published in The New York Times, June 22, 2007

Maya Lin in mid-career

A portrait of the memorial designer as architect and artist

Published in The New York Times, March 1, 1999

Me and My Geiger Counter

Was I being practical, or paranoid?

Published in The New York Times, June 22, 2002

Meet a Modernist Architect Who Really Understands What His Clients Want

Working from his studios in Chicago and New York City, Dirk Denison designs residences that are uniquely tailored to the individuals who call them home

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), October 2018

Memorials fit for a city

Architects get busy after 9/11

Published in Blueprint, February 22, 2002

Michael McKinnell, 1935-2020

The British-born designer of Boston City Hall died Friday, March 27, 2020, at age 84, after contracting COVID-19

Published in Architectural Record, March 31, 2020

Mies in Newark

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York AIA chapter), November 14, 2005

Mildred (Mickey) Friedman obituary

The great critic, curator and connector

Published in Architectural Record, September 5, 2014

Mingei International Museum, by LUCE et Studio

In redesigning San Diego’s Mingei Museum, LUCE et Studio engages artists to further the institution’s mission

Published in Architectural Record, December 1, 2021

Mission 66

An endangered species at the National Parks: modernist architecture

Published in Architecture, December 15, 2000

Modern and Sustainable, on the Mississippi

A house in Memphis cuts it carbon footprint (albeit with offsets)

Published in Dwell, October 2000

Modernism Comes to Frump's Island

A new house breaks with tradition

Published in The New York Times, July 9, 2006

Modernism's Jewish Connection

The role of Jews in creating and popularizing post-war modernism is the subject of a new exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco. Think Eichler, Levitt, Guggenheim, and Fallingwater.

Published in Architectural Record, July 2, 2014

MoMA Defends Decision to Raze Folk Art Museum Building at Public Forum

Eight hundred people turned out for what was, in effect, a town hall meeting on the demolition of the Tod Williams Billie Tsien building

Published in Architectural Record, January 29, 2014

More Twists Than a Mardi Gras Parade

Assessing the New Orleans real estate market after Katrina

Published in The New York Times, November 13, 2005

Move the United Nations to Ground Zero

The Freedom Tower could become a true symbol of freedom

Published in The New York Times, April 24, 2005

Moving Madison Square Garden

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, H3 Hardy Collaboration, SHoP Architects, and SOM present plans to relocate the arena so Penn Station can be rebuilt. 

 

Published in Architectural Record, May 29, 2013

Museum of Arts and Design (Jerome and Simona Chazen Building) by Allied Works

Allied Works's Brad Cloepfil bravely tackles the redo for New York City's Museum of Arts and Design

Published in Architectural Record, February 1, 2009

My New App: Splainer

Uber and Tinder are just the app-etizers

Published in Metropolitan Home, May 31, 2016

Nara: The Town That Time Forgot

A calm alternative to Kyoto

Published in The New York Times, November 13, 2006

National Center for the Performing Arts

Paul Andreu's mammoth 'Egg' shelters three theaters under one domed roof

 

Published in Architectural Record, July 19, 2008

Negative Energy and (Dis)embodied Carbon VIDEO

Ignoring embodied carbon lets architects, developers and even architecture schools call wasteful buildings "green"

Published in Speeches / talks, November 11, 2021

Negative Energy and (Dis)embodied Carbon WRITTEN VERSION

Ignoring embodied carbon lets architects, developers and even architecture schools call wasteful buildings "green"

Published in Speeches / talks, November 11, 2021

New Gehry Tower Prepares for Renters

Undulating walls of stainless steel will ensure that few units at 8 Spruce Street, designed by Frank Gehry, will be identical

Published in The New York Times, October 5, 2010

New York Public Library Unveils Foster + Partners' Renovation Designs

A new circulating library will be housed within the New York Public Library's main building on 42nd Street in Manhattan

Published in Architectural Record, December 19, 2012

Newsmaker: Barry Diller

The billionaire chats with RECORD about his Thomas Heatherwick-designed island, disagreeing with Frank Gehry, and why he hates Jean Nouvel's 100 Eleventh Avenue

Published in Architectural Record, May 26, 2015

Newsmaker: Santiago Calatrava

The renowned Spanish engineer and designer is the subject of an exhibition opening today at Russia's Hermitage Museum—the institution's first retrospective devoted to a contemporary architect. Calatrava speaks candidly with Architectural Record about the show, his work, and the criticism he often faces

Published in Architectural Record, June 27, 2012

Newsmaker: Scott Rothkopf

Museum curators tend to stay behind the scenes, especially when high-profile artists are involved. But the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, which runs through October 19, has been so lavishly praised that its curator, Scott Rothkopf, couldn’t stay out of the spotlight if he tried

Published in Architectural Record, July 18, 2014

Noguchi's Unknown Home

An apartment the world deserves to see

Published in Interior Design, December 1, 2004

Not a Palace, But It's Home

The Ottoman emperor-in-waiting lives in a walk-up, rent-controlled apartment

Published in The New York Times, March 26, 2006

Not All Couples Are Same-Sex or Opposite-Sex

Do you have to be male or female to be married?

Published in The Huffington Post, June 16, 2015

Not in My Front Yard

Controversy on West 15th Street

Published in The New York Times, June 22, 2007

Not Your Daddy's SOM

Roger Duffy remakes the mega-firm

Published in Metropolis, December 24, 2003

Now Pitching For Wahconah, Jim Bouton

The "Ball Four" author cries "Foul Ball" in the Berkshires

Published in The New York Times, April 10, 2003

NYU Law School Commencement Speech

Published in Speeches / talks, May 9, 1994

Old Debates for a New Era at Postmodernism Conference

An aesthetic that mined the past gets a historical consideration of its own at a New York City symposium

Published in Architectural Record, November 14, 2011

On Campus, Rethinking Biology 101

Transgender students gain rights, and respect, in college

Published in The New York Times, March 7, 2004

One campus, two faces

Princeton goes Gehry -- and Gothic -- at the same time

Published in The Princeton Alumni Weekly, January 21, 2003

Oslo’s New Central Library, Opened During the Pandemic, Does a Subtle Dance with Snøhetta’s Opera House

In a post-occupancy visit, Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem’s public library, which stayed open during Covid, is clearly a popular amenity

Published in Architectural Record, October 21, 2022

Outside The Box

Boston-based architect Adolfo Perez turned a mid-century starter house into a home of substance for design-wise clients.

Published in Metropolitan Home, December 4, 2005

Oysters Seeking Home on Quiet Maine Island

Cultivation is legal, but it isn't scenic

Published in The New York Times, August 13, 2007

Palm Springs Art Museum Expands

Marmol Radziner has restored and adapted E. Stewart Williams' 1961 Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan building for use by the museum.

Published in Architectural Record, November 18, 2014

Panama Highway, A Noose Around Casco Viejo's Neck?

An old city gets an unwelcome new neighbor

Published in Architectural Record, October 26, 2012

Paolo Soleri obituary

Published in The New York Times, January 10, 2013

Parking and Recreation

A competition challenged four architecture firms to come up with new ideas for Long Island downtowns. Utile, Inc.'s scheme for Rockville Centre, where a train station on columns already exists, would add monumental arcades to shelter a garage during the week and a pedestrian plaza on weekends. Proponents of smart growth, which generally involves reliance on mass transit, should find a lot to admire on Long Island, where the nation’s largest commuter railroad carries upwards of 300,000 passengers a day. The trouble is that many of those commuters arrive at local train stations by car

Published in Architectural Record, January 29, 2014

Parrish Art Museum Explores Architecture’s Relationship With Photography

Garry Winogrand, the renowned photographer of American life, once observed: “Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.”

Published in Interior Design, April 26, 2018

Paul Rudolph's Tracey Towers

The fate of Rudolph's apartment buildings in the Bronx

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York AIA chapter), October 13, 2005

Paul Rudolph’s Legacy Lives on Through His Outstanding Buildings

The famed architect, who would have turned 100 this year, designed intricate brutalist structures that were all about performance

Published in Galerie Magazine , October 15, 2018

Paulo Mendes de Rocha obituary

Published in Architectural Record, May 24, 2021

Pecha Kucha

Around the world in 20 slides

Published in Culture + Travel, September 5, 2008

Peter Eisenman in Verona

A review of the architect's 2004 Castelvecchio installation

Published in Architectural Record, December 6, 2004

Phoenix Central Library Receives AIA’s 25-Year Award

Since it opened in 1995, Bruder has been able to bring the building into the 21st century without compromising his architectural vision, of which flexibility was a key part

Published in Architectural Record, May 31, 2021

Pierre Jeanneret's Chandigarh furniture is exceedingly popuar right now. Many of the pieces are fakes.

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), October 6, 2021

Pierwise, One Person's Wreck Is Another's Art

Saving two rusting piers in the Hudson River

Published in The New York Times, September 4, 2003

Playing to Win

Architect Bernard Tschumi shares his strategies for success in the world of competitions

Published Architect, October 4, 2007

Poll Watching (and Worrying) in Philadelphia

Published in FredBernstein.com, November 5, 2008

Post Prada, A Design Star Slims Down

Rem Koolhaas's relationship with New York is on the rocks

Published in The New York Times, April 24, 2003

Post-Renovation Depression

The contractors are gone. So why do I feel blue?

Published in The New York Times, February 22, 2007

Prada Foundation by OMA

At an old distillery complex, Rem Koolhaas's Prada Foundation mixes one part creative preservation with one part bold new architecture

Published in Architectural Record, July 16, 2015

Prada Placement

A Review of Rem Koolhaas' new store in SoHo

Published in World Architecture, March 15, 2002

Pretty Profits from Ugly Houses

How HomeVestors went national

Published in The New York Times, February 19, 2006

Private Lives

The difficulties of saving New Canaan's modernist architecture

Published in Metropolis, August 6, 2005

Queen for a Day

Events of the summer of 1969

Published at fredbernstein.com, October 14, 2016

Radical Houses

A new book looks at more than 50 recently completed, architecturally ambitious Japanese houses, offering a profound counterpoint to the comparatively safe — in several senses of the word — 21st-century residential design frequently found in the West

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), August 2015

Rate Your Landlord; Get Sued

But there's protection for tenants or former tenants

Published in The New York Times, April 10, 2005

Rauschenberg and Johns

Two great artists as lovers

Published in Out, February 16, 2010

Rediscovering a Heroine of Chicago Architecture

Many of Frank Lloyd Wright's most evocative drawings were by Marion Mahony Griffin

Published in The New York Times, January 20, 2008

Relationship Builders

Fresh off a series of successes (including the new Philadelphia home of the Barnes Foundation) and one preservationist brouhaha (the imminent destruction of their beloved 2001 American Folk Art Museum), the husband-and-wife architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien are looking to the future, with projects from Mexico City to Mumbai

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), May 28, 2014

Remembering David Marks

He designed the London Eye with his wife -- then mortgaged their house to get it built

Published in Architectural Digest, October 10, 2017

Remembering the Royalton

Mourning Phiippe Starck's Miracle on 44th Street

Published in Interior Design, September 21, 2007

Renovated Industrial Building Gets New Life as Brant Foundation Art Study Center

Richard Gluckman reimagines a Con Edison substation for Peter M. Brant’s latest art venue in New York

Published in Architectural Record, March 28, 2019

Restoring a Rare Glimpse of Those Fabled 1,000 Days

For Jacques Lowe's book marking 40th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, photos destroyed in World Trade Center attacks are digitally recreated

Published in The New York Times, January 15, 2004

Restoring Louis Kahn's "Undergraduate Project" at Yale

The Yale University Art Gallery gets an extensive, but faithful, renovation

Published in The New York Times, November 7, 2004

Ricardo Bofill obituary

Published in The New York Times, January 19, 2022

Richard Rogers obituary

Published in Architectural Record, December 20, 2021

Robert Silman, 1935-2018

Working on Fallingwater brought out the best in Robert Silman, the structural engineer who died this week at 83

Published in Architectural Record, August 2, 2018

Robert Venturi obituary

Published in The New York Times, September 19, 2018

Rogers and Marvel Hitting Their Stride

The New York architects recently won the bid to design a condo-hotel building on the Brooklyn waterfront. Image courtesy Rogers Marvel Rogers Marvel has designed a 550,000-square-foot building that steps back from the Michael Van Valkenburgh-designed Brooklyn Bridge Park. Twenty years ago, when Jonathan Marvel and Rob Rogers founded Rogers Marvel Architects, they decided to forego the route taken by many young Manhattan firms—designing residential and commercial interiors—preferring, Marvel says, “to cut our teeth on New York City’s’ bricks and mortar.” 

Published in Architectural Record, July 10, 2012

Romaldo Giurgola obituary

Published in The New York Times, May 16, 2016

Room With a View . . .

And not much else (a review of a new Ritz-Carlton)

Published in The Washington Post, February 10, 2002

Sandy Hook Memorial Opens Ten Years After Shooting

The memorial design by landscape architects Dan Affleck and Ben Waldo offers a contemplative space in nature

Published in Architectural Record, November 17, 2022

Santa Maria Goretti Church by Mario Cucinella Architects

Baroque influences shape this sinuous contemporary church in Southern Italy by Mario Cucinella Architects

Published in Architectural Record, October 7, 2021

Santiago Calatrava's Four Billion Dollar Mall

A review of the World Trade Center "Transit Hub"

Published in Blueprint, July 17, 2016

Santiago Calatrava, from the Canary Islands to Manhattan Island

Santiago Calatrava's opera house at Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands is dominated by a winglike canopy nearly 200 feet tall.

Published in The New York Times, October 26, 2003

Sasha Blair-Goldensohn

Published in Architectural Digest, December 3, 2021

Saving L.A.'s Modernist Houses, One by One

This one's a gallery; that one's a publicly accessible private home

Published in Interior Design, May 1, 2014

Sean Leffers Has Won Fans with Houses He’s Designed for His Own Young Family

The California-based interiors wunderkind creates smart, soulful homes that feel like extensions of their occupants

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), January 10, 2021

Seaside at 25: Paradise, With Problems

The walkable community now has valet parking, and other concessions to the real world

Published in The New York Times, December 9, 2005

Second Nature

Contemplative architect George Suyama built a house for himself and his wife that is as hospitable to the landscape as it is to the couple's guests.

Published in Metropolitan Home, December 4, 2005

Securing the Iraq Museum

Protecting antiquities from war and looters

Published in The New York Times, January 23, 2005

SelgasCano Pair Preservation With Innovation for Their Weekend Home in Spain

For their weekend home in Spain’s western countryside, the founders of SelgasCano pair preservation with innovation

Published in Interior Design, November 4, 2021

Shanghai Surprise

Hundreds of thousands of daily visitors, about 200 buildings, $4.2 billion spent: Shanghai’s lavish world expo, which opened on May 1 and runs through the end of October, is a chance for China’s largest city to announce itself as a cultural and economic powerhouse. It’s also a stage where the nations of the world can show off—to visitors and each other—through architecture. Fred A. Bernstein tours the Expo, surveys its architectural hits and misses, and even gets inside the much-maligned U.S. pavilion

Published Architect, July 8, 2010

Shaving My Wallet Better Than My Face

Falling for the Infinity Razor

Published in The New York Times, April 13, 2007

Shining Moment

A Paul Rudolph apartment, untouched for nearly 40 years

Published in The New York Times, October 10, 2007

Shining Moment

Paul Rudolph designed this glamorous apartment nearly four decades ago. It still dazzles today

Published in T Magazine (The New York Times), October 7, 2007

Sink or Swim

Funding shortfalls could hinder ambitious waterfront schemes planned for several U.S. cities

Published in Architectural Record, May 25, 2012

Sky-High Style

Master Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen used his signature vocabulary to create a unique rocky mountain retreat.

Published in Metropolitan Home, December 4, 2006

Sleek in the Heart of Texas

Small houses buck the McMansion trend

Published in The New York Times, May 22, 2005

Smart Elevators

No more guessing which car to take

Published in The New York Times, November 2, 2005

SOAPBOX: Masking a Terminal's Triumph

A 35-foot-high billboard on the facade of the Port Authority Bus Terminal will obscure the strengths of the building's 1980's renovation

Published in The New York Times, December 20, 1998

Southwest Florida's Red Tide Woes

Contaminated beaches -- and persistent respiratory problems -- hit a region that includes some of America's fast-growing cities

Published in The New York Times, April 23, 2005

Spending Money Like Water

Two hotels in Miami Beach makes waves

Published in The New York Times, February 17, 2006

Sprawl Outruns Arizona's Biosphere

Designed for isolation, it's now surrounded

Published in The New York Times, May 28, 2006

Spring Street Salt Shed by Dattner Architects and WXY

In Manhattan, a sleek rectilinear garage and sculptural salt shed brighten the city

Published in Architectural Record, March 1, 2016

Stanley Tigerman obituary

Published in The New York Times, June 4, 2019

Starchitects on the Buildings That Influenced Them Most

Ando, Meier, Scott Brown, Decq, and others talk about their inspirations

Published in Architectural Record, April 13, 2016

Stitching Together a New Life in Riverdale

Surviving the Holocaust with needle and thread

Published in The New York Times, August 8, 2008

Straying from Convention

Despite declining attendance and revenue, many cities are expanding convention centers or building new ones

Published in Architectural Record, May 2, 2012

Stripped Ease

All of the money Barbara Hill poured into remodeling her 1960s condo in Houston was spent taking things out—and she couldn’t be happier
 

 

Published in Dwell, January 17, 2009

Students See a Creek and Imagine a Bridge for VW

A group of Auburn University students are designing a bridge for Volkswagen’s planned factory in Tennessee

Published in The New York Times, January 26, 2010

Taipei Music Center by Reiser+Umemoto

Reiser+Umemoto's Taipei Music Center is a brawny complex of cubic and crystalline forms

Published in Architectural Record, January 4, 2022

Take That, Grandpa!

Smashing Mies

Published in The New York Times, April 3, 2005

Take-Off

A review of The Full Monty on Broadway

Published in The Independent on Sunday (London), October 29, 2000

Taking a Holistic Approach to Embodied Carbon

A sobering look at how designing a building to meet Passive House standards affects its overall energy use.

Published in Architectural Record, October 10, 2022

Taking credit for trees planted elsewhere is a whole lot of embodied chutzpah

Can a house alone on a mountainside in British Columbia possibly be “climate positive,” as its architects and developer claim?

Published Dezeen, June 18, 2021

Taliesin Troubles

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture can be as unconventional as its founder

Published in Architectural Record, August 21, 2014

Tall Order

Nationally, ceiling heights rise

Published in The New York Times, January 22, 2006

Technologically Savvy Firms Expand the Definition of Practice

To lead the profession, firms must nimbly respond to and embrace technological changes

Published in Architectural Record, June 1, 2018

Terry Riley obituary

Published in Architectural Record, May 19, 2021

That Tear-Down Could Become a Haul-Away

Saving modernist houses

Published in The New York Times, January 5, 2006

The B&B Option Is Put to the New York Test

Staying in other people's houses -- in my home city

Published in The New York Times, July 23, 2007

The Blue Moon, on Orchard Street

A hotel I should have skipped

Published in The New York Times, June 16, 2006

The Central Park of Southern California

Rare public space for Orange County, California

Published in The New York Times, February 4, 2007

The Color of Comfort

The playwright John Patrick Shanley has had a lifelong fascination with color -- as seen in his latest apartment

Published in The New York Times, June 29, 2009

The Death of Nest

A quirky magazine's farewell

Published in The New York Times, August 17, 2004

The Disappearing Las Vegas Condos

Related Las Vegas sold them, but never built them

Published in The New York Times, January 29, 2006

The Disruptors

Technologies that are changing how architects practice

Published in Architectural Record, May 31, 2018

The End of Sixties Architecture

Some buildings just couldn't be saved

Published in The New York Times, October 31, 2004

The Ethereal Architecture of Sou Fujimoto

Perhaps Japan's most innovative architect, Fujimoto makes buildings that resemble clouds and forests.

Published in The Wall Street Journal, October 18, 2014

The Hill Bathroom

When designer Barbara Hill decided to renovate her 1960s condo in Houston, Texas, she stripped the bathroom down to its bare bones and saw beauty in the blemishes

Published in Dwell, October 10, 2009

The House That Harry Potter Built

A magical new building in SoHo

Published in The Independent on Sunday (London), July 10, 2000

The Innovative Brooklyn Architects Paving the Way for a New Generation

Fourteen years after founding their experimental practice, the architects of SO–IL hit their stride

Published in Architectural Digest, February 14, 2022

The Legacy of Mayor Mike

After 12 years of astonishing change in New York, Bloomberg earns mixed marks

Published in Architectural Record, October 16, 2013

The Man With the List at Architecture's Party

Profile of Reed Kroloff, an advisor to architecture competitions.

Published in The New York Times, January 11, 2003

The Many Dimensions of Roberto Burle Marx

Should the great landscape architect be recognized for more than his astounding parks and gardens?

Published Architect, April 10, 2016

The Men from Bubbling Magma

Climbing a volcano in Bali.

Published in The Washington Post, June 14, 1998

The Mouse That Roared

A look back at Michael Graves's career

Published in Architectural Record, November 14, 2014

The Ongoing Battle to Preserve Midcentury Modernism

Published ARCHDAILY, December 22, 2013

The Parenting of Low Expectations

Foreword to "52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom: Effective Strategies for Raising Respectful, Happy Kids" by Meg Akabas

Published in 52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom, December 13, 2012

The Price for Building a Home in This Town: $300,000 Water Meter

The small California town of Bolinas has kept out development for decades by restricting the number of water meters it issues

Published in The New York Times, April 13, 2010

The Provincetown Outflow Settles in Truro

Cape Cod's first "gay suburb"

Published in The New York Times, November 14, 2003

The Punctured Sky

A history of New York City architecture: the last 150 years in 4,500 words

Published in Books, April 16, 2008

The Quietest Neighbors

As Brooklyn’s residential building boom continues, more luxury buildings are going up alongside Green-Wood Cemetery

Published in The New York Times, April 8, 2007

The Sculpture? It's Next to Home Depot

Can art save a strip shopping center from aesthetic irrelevance?

Published in The New York Times, May 15, 2004

The Side of North Korea That Isn't Making Headlines

A country of candy-colored architecture. Who knew? (Oliver Wainwright did.)

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), July 28, 2018

The Town the Boom Forgot

Tired of high real estate prices? Consider the alternative

Published in The New York Times, June 25, 2006

The Van Alen's New Look

David van der Leer, the institute’s new director, arranged to swap its longtime quarters on the sixth floor of a Flatiron district building for a storefront space in the same building

Published in Architectural Record, December 22, 2014

The View From the Catbird Seat

In real estate, the secret may be timing, timing, timing

Published in The New York Times, March 16, 2008

The World Is Going to Hear of This Boy

An interview with Leah Adler, Steven Spielberg's mother

Published in The Jewish Mothers' Hall of Fame, December 15, 1990

The Wright Stuff, in the Japanese Heartland

Visiting the Meiji Mura Museum

Published in The New York Times, April 2, 2006

The Yale University Art Gallery gets another life

The three-year, $44 million restoration is a hit

 

Published in The New York Times, December 10, 2006

These Walls Could Talk . . .

In Salem, Witchcraft and Old Architecture

Published in The New York Times, October 12, 2007

They Unpaved Paradise and Took Out a Parking Lot

In the Bronx, new parks are opening and old parks are being revitalized at a pace not seen since Robert Moses’s heyday. 

Published in Architectural Record, September 16, 2011

Think Different

Tekserve, which lives the Apple slogan

Published in The New York Times, June 20, 2002

This Child Does Have Two Mothers... And a Sperm Donor with Visitation

Published in NYU Review of Law and Social Change, November 4, 1995

This Store Sells Rice Pudding -- Nothing Else

Rice to riches? Or rice to ruin?

Published in The New York Times, March 27, 2003

Thoroughly Modern, Amid the Traditional

For Stan Allen and his wife, Polly Apfelbaum, finding a contemporary house in history-laden Princeton, N.J., was a process fraught with disappointment

Published in The New York Times, October 3, 2008

Tony Goldman in Miami

An urban pioneer's new venture

Published in The New York Times, January 18, 2005

Transparent's Creator

A few minutes with Jill Soloway

Published in Blackbook, August 16, 2014

Treacherous Transparencies: Thoughts and Observations Triggered by a Visit to Farnsworth House

In 2014, after accepting the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron drove from Chicago to Plano, Illinois, to visit -- and criticize -- Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House 

Published in Architectural Record, November 1, 2016

Trump's plans for a golf empire meet resistance in Scotland

Published in The New York Times, July 7, 2008

Trump’s Adventures in the Land of Golf

Donald Trump’s project for a golf resort on the northeast coast of Scotland, near Aberdeen, hangs in the balance as environmentalists say the rugged coastline should be left undisturbed

Published in The New York Times, July 6, 2008

Turning Steel Into Lace

Living rent-free, Cal Lane makes her mark

Published in The New York Times, January 20, 2008

TWA Hotel at JFK Gives New Life to Saarinen’s Flight Center

Completed in 1962 and abandoned in 2001, Eero Saarinen’s bird-like building at JFK Airport in New York now serves as a spectacular lobby for the new hotel

Published in Architectural Record, May 15, 2019

Twenty Over Eighty: Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design

If you’re prominent and reach the age of 80, The New York Times may have a writer (possibly this one) prepare your obituary for later use

Published in Architectural Record, June 1, 2016

Two MoMA Design Shows Explore Ways of Living

The exhibitions look at daily life in very different ways: via mid-century modernist interiors and through temporary homes for refugees

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), November 28, 2016

U.S. Flops at Shanghai Expo

Another embarrassing U.S. pavilion, courtesy of a shortsighted Congress

Published in Los Angeles Times, August 5, 2010

Universal Appeal

When David Carmel decided to propose to Kirsten Axelsen, he was at home in Manhattan and she was in Ethiopia, working to eliminate trachoma (the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness). No problem: David flew 7,000 miles to pop the question at a restaurant in Addis Ababa. A year and a trip to the altar later, the Carmels now live in a Chelsea apartment that’s designed in part to make it easy for David to get around in a wheelchair; a diving accident eight years ago left him paralyzed from the waist down

Published in Dwell, January 16, 2009

Universidade Agostinho Neto

Under African Skies: The first phase of an ambitious national university creates a community of buildings and outdoor spaces adapted to a hot, dry climate

 

Published in Architectural Record, August 16, 2012

Unloading His Books, But Not His Conscience

Amazon is now the place to sell used books -- but with unexpected consequences

Published in The New York Times, April 11, 2002

UnSangDong Architects

A Korean firm is part of Record's Design Vanguard

Published in Architectural Record, December 16, 2006

Up in the Attic, Millennium Style

Gorgeous interiors, up (under) the roof

Published in The New York Times, March 29, 2007

Users of Fake Stucco Find Headaches Are Real

Artificial stucco, sometimes called EIFS, lets architects and builders add postmodernish flourishes inexpensively, but the real costs can be staggering

Published in The New York Times, July 1, 1999

Users of Fake Stucco Find Problems Are Very Real

Beware of Dryvit

Published in The New York Times, July 1, 1999

Visiting the Barnes -- While You Still Can

The museum-going experience of a lifetime

Published in The New York Times, June 23, 2006

Vito Acconci

"I can't stand art. I never could," the former artist (now designer) claims

Published in Art Basel Magazine, November 2, 2012

Washington Irving Didn't Sleep Here

A developer recreates Sunnyside (or tries to)

Published in The New York Times, March 16, 2003

Washington's forgotten river

Reviving the shores of the Anacostia

Published in The New York Times, March 27, 2005

We Have a Family Welder

Arthur Cotton Moore designs a curvy metal house to test his theories

Published in The New York Times, September 24, 2000

What next, the Grill Room?

The state of Philip Johnson's buildings

Published in The New York Times, March 27, 2005

What Price Honor?

A temple to honor at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs damages perhaps the greatest modernist campus in the world. And it's by the campus's original architect, SOM

Published in Architectural Record, January 8, 2016

When Modern Married Money

Blue blood meets white architecture in New England.

Published in The New York Times, February 3, 2002

Where Are All the 60's Buildings Going?

Baby boomers lead the charge to tear down 60's architecture

Published in The New York Times, October 31, 2004

Where New and Old Collide

Steven Holl's building for Pratt Institute in Brooklyn

Published in Metropolis, January 17, 2006

Where the Best Antiques Can't Be Bought

A day trip to Troy, N.Y.

Published in The New York Times, April 7, 2006

White on White

Big Architecture in a Small Town

Published in Metropolitan Home, April 1, 2002

Whither the Tent of Tomorrow?

Finally, someone's paying attention the New York State Pavilion at the 1964-65 World's Fair

Published in The New York Times, July 17, 2004

Who Should Pay for Presidential Posterity?

Endowments for the presidential libraries are coming up short

Published in The New York Times, June 10, 2004

Why The City Needs to Save a House in the East Village

Without the old brick house, it's glass-on-glass

Published in Design Observer, October 13, 2011

Will Alsop obituary

Published in Architectural Digest, May 14, 2018

Will Hudson Yards Be a Neighborhood?

A conversation with Bill Pedersen, whose firm Kohn Pedersen Fox is responsible for the developent's master plan. 

Published in Architectural Record, May 3, 2013

Will the U.S. Be at the Fair?

A world's fair pavilion costs less than an Apache helicopter -- and Shanghai 2010 is approaching

Published in Architecture, August 6, 2004

Will the U.S. Be at the Shanghai Fair?

Published in Architectural Record, December 5, 2006

William Menking, 1947-2020

The founder of The Architect’s Newspaper died at age 72 on Saturday, April 11, 2020, in New York, after a long battle with lymphoma

Published in Architectural Record, April 13, 2020

With a Diocese as a Developer, Emotions Run High in Santa Fe

Especially if the church has already borrowed against the planned buildings

Published in The New York Times, October 29, 2006

Wood Has Become a Bold 21st-Century Material

Architects and designers are using humble timber to create awe-inspiring structures and interiors around the globe

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), May 15, 2017

World on a String

A puppeteer copes with Parkinson's disease

Published in The New York Times, November 19, 2003

Wynn Las Vegas

A review of the $2.7 billion hotel

Published in The New York Times, July 17, 2005